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protection in the state of alabama, throughout the south, and our nation. as we crossed the edmund pettus bridge, we were met by state troopers who shot us with tear gas, mao beat us with nightsticks and trampled us with horses. i was hit on the head and suffered a concussion on the bridge. 17 of us went to the hospital on that day, the good samaritan hospital in downtown selma. just eight days later, president lyndon johnson introduced the voting rights act, and later, on august 6th, 1965, he signed that act into law. >> that was congressman john lewis, democrat of georgia who led the march on the edmund pettus bridge in selma that day in 1965. he was speaking about that experience today on the steps of the supreme court. as the conservative majority on the court seemed to indicate a willingness to at least considering dismantling the pilars of the voting rights act first passed in 1965 in the aftermath of that violent day in selma. congressman john lewis, it's such an honor to have you here. >> thank you so much for having me here. i'm honored to be here. >> that is crazy, because it is
peaceful civil rights marchers were beaten and turned back at the edmund pettus bridge outside selma, alabama. mr. speaker, this weekend a number of us here will be traveling to selma, led by the same man who helped organize those 1965 marches, our friend and colleague, john lewis. an extraordinary historic figure. extraordinary gentle man. but a giant of courage and principle. we are going as part of an annual pilgrimage. remember that day, bloody sunday, march 7, 1965, and the cause for which those brave americans, black and white, risked their lives for political equality and the perfection of our democracy. mr. speaker, i have been privileged to walk with john lewis across that bridge and others, including at least two presidents, for 10 out of the 13 times that john lewis has re-acted that walk. walking in their footsteps is one way to honor that cause. but it is far from the best way. the best way to do it is to carry on their work, to defend and promote the protections included in the voting rights act that they fought so hard to bring about. on wednesday, mr. speaker, the sup
pettus bridge walk with congressman lewis. part of the history and the legacy was it wasn't just african-americans. there were white americans who participated in this process because they understood it was wrong. what was happening was wrong. and that shouldn't have a partisan label. should it not be that republican members of congress or any republican shouldn't feel comfortable saying we need to keep the voting rights act in place. frankly, ed, after what we saw in the last election, should it be expanded. >> exactly, exactly. >> absolutely. karen finney, great to have you with us. james peterson, the same. appreciate it so much being on "the ed show." remember to answer tonight's question there at the bottom of the screen. share your thoughts with us on twitter and at ed show and on facebook. we want to know what you think always. >>> legal scholar jonathan turley is here tonight on what today's hearing might mean for the future of voting rights in america. a lot more to talk about. stay with us. >>> coming up, the national rifle association suffers a huge defeat. "the ed show" congr
. within 2500 were forced to turn around after crossing the edmund pettus bridge. we'll hear from dr. king as he successfully crosses the bridge along with thousands of others on the third march, under the watch of federal troops mobilized by president lyndon johnson. finally we will hear dr. king's address in the capital of montgomery. >> we have the right to cross the highway. we have a right to walk to montgomery if our feet can get us there. [applause] we must let the nation know and we must let the world know that it is necessary to protest this three-fold evil. we continue to face it in the most vicious form that we saw last sunday. the attempt to block first amendment privileges. ♪ >> how do you feel about the protection being given you on this march? >> i think this is a real demonstration, a commitment the federal government to protect the constitutional rights of negro citizens. the protection has been a very thorough, as you can see. the men are working under the guidance, under the power and influence of the federal government to see that things are carried out in an orderly
) >> brown: in 1965, lewis helped lead 600 people across the edmund pettus bridge in selma, alabama, where police beat them with nightsticks and state troopers fired tear gas. the event became known as "bloody sunday" and proved a tipping point. president lyndon johnson and congress responded with the voting rights act. lawmakers have renewed the law ever since, most recently in 2006, with overwhelming support. but shelby county, alabama says the law has outlived its time. frank ellis is the county attorney. >> we ask for some recognition that we and these other covered jurisdictions have made great strides over the last 48 years. i was 24 years old. i've been the county attorney since 1964. i was 24 years old when we came under section 5. i'm 73 last weekend and we're still under the same formula, none of which has applied to us in many, many, many years. >> brown: president obama has recently voiced support for upholding the voting rights act. he's said that if part of the law is struck down, it will be harder to prevent acts of voting discrimination. the case provoked some tough questio
tried to raise it in the pettus hearings and this was knocked down by dianne feinstein, an issue of national intelligence. now it's out there so much and the secrecy element has gone and there has to be a real discussion, about the constitutionality, particularly when it comes to american citizens, but also the wider ramifications of whether this is actually serving our national security cause. while you're taking out some al qaeda leaders, you know, you're causing huge amount of resentments in some of these areas and possibly fueling the next generation of militants in places like yemen, the pakistani borders, if we extend it into somalia or even into mali, a whole lot of people who are going to feel extremely angry about missiles raining doulg down out of the sky and taking out people not associated with terrorism. there's an imam who spoke out against al qaeda. al qaeda operatives came to speak to him and as they were speaking under a tree, in fact to threaten him, and has we speaking out under a tree missiles came down and took him out. what does that do in that community in
of the house, just days before the edmund pettus bridge march from montgomery to selma, and by the way, congressman colleague john lewis is the only member of congress that was in that march, the supreme court will review congress' authority under the constitution to re-authorize the voting rights act specifically section 5 of that act. i believe, and i am confident the supreme court will and should uphold the constitutionality of congress' authorization of section 5 for three reasons. the first, protecting minority voting rights is a constitutional imperative, that congress is required to enforce. when congress acts under the 15th amendment to the constitution, it acts at the zenith of its constitutional authority. the supreme court is consistent -- has consistently held tissue upheld congress' authority under the 15th amendment. the 15th amendment gives congress a mandate to eliminate racial discrimination and voting by appropriate legislation. after almost a century of ineffective protection for minorities and then the long wake of the civil war, congress took action to pass the 15t
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